Urban Refuge News

Love Thy Neighbor

Mission to the City

Registration is open to “Love Thy Neighbor“ together, July 26-29. There is no cost to participate, but if you would like a UR t-shirt, it is $15 for an adults and $10 for kids. The t-shirt design is the same as last year and available in gray and orange for adults, and gray for children. Payment for the t-shirts will be collected the first night of MTTC. Registration closes on July 5. To sign up, go to MTTC2017.eventbrite.com. Questions? Contact Angeli Hagen at angeil.hagen@yahoo.com or 651-238-6231(call or text).

Volunteer for Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) is coming August 7-10.  From 6-8:30pm each evening, kids ages 4-11 will become "Galactic Starveyors" as they discover the God of the universe. Many volunteers are needed to make VBC a success.  Adults and youth (ages 12 and up) are needed to help with small groups, games, crafts, snacks, registration, decorations, and more. Contact Kirsten Hill at kirsten@tonyandkirsten.org.

Harmony Matters Workshop

Saturday, July 22, 9:00-4:30 PM, The Urban Refuge. We encourage you to join us as we walk together on our Journey to Harmony. This one-day workshop is designed to build unity and move us closer to Kingdom-centered harmony in the church. We'll explore God's desire for harmony, how it gets distorted and damaged, and how we can demonstrate hope for the future. Through honest and compassionate conversation, we'll learn to better hear, understand, and love one another as a growing multi-ethnic community of believers. Lunch is included. RSVP to harmony@theurbanrefuge.com.

Skilled & “Unskilled” Workers Needed

As construction is underway in the Fireside Room, there are a number of additional small and large projects that volunteers from the church will be undertaking soon. These range from painting to carpentry and beyond. We’re looking for help from both skilled and unskilled workers who could volunteer time and expertise to complete these projects. Timeframe is in the next few months. We can be flexible to your schedule as we are looking overall at some days, nights and weekends. Right now, we are gathering names of those who are willing to help “build the church.” If interested, please send your name, area of expertise or way you want to help, and phone number to Shelly Bartle at tandsbartle@hotmail.com or text at 612-770-4126. Example: Shelly Bartle, can paint, do clean-up, haul garbage, "unskilled."

Urban Refuge Street Team

Outreach to the Twin Cities

First Saturdays-Each Month, 11:20 AM-1:30 PM, Meet at Urban. Does your heart burn within you when you're with Jesus? Would you like to go throughout the Twin Cities and rely on His power to open the scriptures to people you meet on the street? If God's Spirit is nudging you, come along and share His greatness with those who are willing to listen. We go out the 1st Saturday of each month. Questions? Contact Oscar Womack III at 612-860-4165 or oscarwomackiii@gmail.com.

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39.


Would you like to help serve?

Scripture tells us that God has given each one of us a spiritual gift unique to the needs within His church body. Thus, if He has led you here, then He has given you a gift to use in support of His work here. With that confidence, join us in bringing praise to Him by making a difference in our community and within our church family. Pick up an Engage brochure from the Welcome Table or view the info HERE and find a ministry that interests you and contact one of the leaders. We’d love it if you were to join us.

Multi-location News

Women UNITE 2017

All Location Women's Worship

Saturday, August 12, 7:00-8:30 PM, The Urban Refuge (5500 Chicago Ave, S. Minneapolis). All women of Evergreen, The Rock & The Urban Refuge are invited to come together as sisters to praise and worship our Father. We’ll have women from all locations represented in the worship team, praying for us, or reciting uplifting messages or scripture. Reunite with sisters past and meet some new ones! Pick up an invitation at church to post on your fridge or invite a girlfriend! Light refreshments following. Donations for this are appreciated. Questions? urjewels@theurbanrefuge.com / 612-338-7226.

As a courtesy to our neighbors, please be sure to park in the parking lot (small so come early) or on Chicago Avenue. Do not park on the north side of 55th Street. Thank you for your consideration.

Higher Calling for Women

Thursday, June 29 & 2nd and 4th Thursdays through September, 7:30-9:00 PM, Place TBD. Ladies, has your life or relationships been affected by sexual sin? If you or your husband have experienced or are currently working through this journey, please consider joining us for a time of prayer and encouragement. We’ll meet twice a month to discuss this difficult topic in a safe, loving, and hopeful manner while looking to scripture and other resources for Biblical wisdom on how to navigate the emotional and spiritual challenges it brings. Study material TBD. Please email to sign up and you will be contacted with additional information. Contact Kate Sanders at haskin.kath@gmail.com.

Wedding Businesses

Our Pre-Marriage Class manual has a chapter on weddings that contains a planning and logistics section. If you are an Evergreen/Rock/Urban member and own a business or have a service that people can use for weddings (photographer, florist, soloist, caterer etc), please email your information to office@evergreenchurch.com and we may be able to include it in the manual.


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

heart, soul, mind & strength

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, The Urban Refuge (5501 Chicago Ave. S Mnpls), Gathering Space. Join me for a workout that seeks to nurture all of you– heart, soul, mind, and strength. Open to all who are seeking something more in a group fitness class, let's redefine what it is to be fit. Classes will encourage you to become more fit and to live a life that is healthy and whole so that you are better able to love God and others. Questions? Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at 952-687-1217 or crystalvandy@gmail.com. (Check the calendar HERE in case of cancellations)




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